Summer Discovery (Ages 7 to 11)


Summer Discovery Camp Registrations is now CLOSED.

Thank you for another fantastic season as we finish our 30th year of Summer Discovery Camps! See you in 2018!

Great instructors, great programs and a great playground!  Welcome to Summer Discovery 2017, the Peterborough Museum & Archives' 30th season of rich, diverse, fun and educational summer camps for children ages 7 to 11. 

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Discovery Camp Themes (2017)

July 10-14 "Artful Antics" with Ashley O'Brien

Discover your range of creativity! Art week is designed for kids to use their imaginations to help explore their creativity and personality. Campers will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of artistic techniques and mediums to create expressive pieces of art. From jewelry making to painting and nature art (and much, much more), there will be lots of crafting and creating this week. Bring your open mind, creativity, and let's make some art together!

July 17-21 "STEAM - Challenge Yourself" with Kaitlyn Burke

STEAM stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts & Math. STEAM has become a popular teaching method used by educators around the globe! This camp is designed to challenge participants to think outside the box while they build, create, design, & explore. Campers will be presented with a variety of questions and tasks that will engage their problem-solving skills in a fun, interactive environment!

July 24-28 "Experience Science" with Roger Reynolds (FULL)

Bubbling potions, mini explosions and more will awe and amaze. It’s not magic, it’s science. You’ll investigate chemical reactions, states of matter, the science of sound, forces in the environment . . . and that’s just the start!

July 31-August 4 "History in Motion" with Daniel Crawford 

Come experience the joy of bringing your creativity to life. Campers will learn the full stop-motion animation process from character creation and story-boarding to camera set-up and shooting. Exploring the museum's wonder-inspiring resources, students will use paper, paint and clay to create animated stories of real and imagined histories by bringing artifacts to life and more! At the end of the week, each camper will receive a video file of their animated work to share with family and friends.

Aug 8-11 "Think Outside - Let's Get Out and Play" with Nancy Thomson (FULL)

Fun in the forest is the focus of the week! Who are the creatures that live in our backyard and share the world with us? What is it like to be them? Campers will investigate these questions as they make connections to the natural world through forest games, nature crafts, survival skills and more! Come explore the outdoors in this action packed program.

Aug 14-18 "P.O.P. Drama Production" with Ray Henderson (FULL)

The P.O.P. Drama project proudly presents YOU as writer, director and performer in your very own dramatic work. Under the expert direction of Peterborough’s Ray Henderson you’ll have fun creating a script, developing characters, designing costumes, building sets, conducting rehearsals - everything required to stage a real production. At the end of the week, invitations go out to family and friends and its Show Time!

Our Instructors (2017)

Ashley O'Brien is a physical geographer, working on her Master's of Science at York University. She is studying the state of Arctic sea ice and Arctic climatology. With 13 years of teaching experience, Ashley has taught all ages. She likes to discover and learn about the world around her and is interested in engaging with science and the natural world. Ashley has been creating art since a very young age, and loves experimenting with multi-media techniques during her spare time. 

Kaitlyn Burke is completing her teacher's qualification at Trent University, and is passionate about inquiry learning. She believes in creating a deep & meaningful learning experiences by giving children the opportunity to explore, discover, experiment and have fun with each learning task. Kaitlyn has worked and volunteered for a variety of camps and youth-minding services in the past, and is excited to join the PMA Summer Discovery Team for 2017!

Daniel Crawford comes to us from successful programming at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. He is a practicing artist who believes visual storytelling can be a powerful medium to understanding the world around us! He holds degrees in both literature and the fine arts and has a wealth of experience in teaching. Daniel has exhibited his animation, sculpture & drawings across Canada and the U.S. 

Ray Henderson is a professional actor and director. He is wonderfully skilled at guiding young people through all stages of theatrical performance and the Peterborough Museum & Archives is privileged to have him return for Summer Discovery this year!   

Roger Reynolds is a qualified teacher who is passionate about science and physical education and enjoys sharing these passions with children. Roger's camps are always exciting and the Peterborough Museum & Archives is excited to have return for Summer Discovery 2017. 

Nancy Thomson is a qualified teacher and the founder and owner of her outdoor education company, THINK OUTSIDE. She has worked in the outdoor education and camping industry for over 20 years and brings a sense of fun and genuine connection with children of all ages to her creative outdoor programming. The Peterborough Museum & Archives is delighted to welcome Nancy back for her third year of Summer Discovery! 

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7 to 11 

Looking for a day camp for ages 4 to 6? Try Junior Summer Discovery


$175/ week, $140 (4-day camp)


Our camp programs run from 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM daily. Drop off is between 8:45-9:00 AM, and pick up is from 4:00-4:15 PM.


Registration for the 2017 session of Summer Discovery will open on Saturday, April 1st. 

  1. In person at the Peterborough Museum & Archives 
  2. By telephone (VISA, Mastercard, American Express): 705-743-5180.
  3. Online (Look under "Museum Programs")

All programs take place at the Peterborough Museum & Archives and make use of the Museum Galleries and Classroom and the child-friendly Museum Grounds (which now include a fabulous new accessible playground structure).

What to Bring

Snacks, drinks, lunch, weather-appropriate outdoor clothing. The PMA promotes a nut-free environment.

Personal Health Forms

This form will be kept on file and only needs to be completed once each year.  The form can be picked up at the Peterborough Museum & Archives or downloaded and should be submitted to the Museum by the first day of camp.

Health Concerns

Please notify the instructor about any health or behavioural concerns you may have regarding your child's participation in Summer Discovery.  The Museum has a protocol for Anaphylactic shock and a parental clearance form is required if your child has suffered a suspected concussion.


In the course of all program activities, photos may be taken and audio and/or visual recordings may be made.  The Peterborough Museum & Archives reserves the right to use all photographs and videos of all our programs, participants, special events and facilities for promotional purposes.


Refunds may be requested up to 5 business days prior to the program.  An administration fee of 10% of class fees will be withheld, with a minimum fee of $5.  No refunds will be granted once the program has begun.